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Post Be ready for H1N1
• Have alternative child care options, if the adult members still have to report to work. Those options should be for SMALL groups of 6 or less children
• Have a well stocked pantry of AT LEAST two-weeks of ADDITIONAL groceries (in addition to what is already in stock in their homes!).

o Parents may not be able to shop due to illness in their family (taking care of a sick child or the adult member becoming sick)
o Stores *may* have reduced hours, if illness starts to affect employees
o Families may decide NOT to shop, if the have a child or other family member at home in the ‘high risk’ category that makes getting the virus more dangerous to their health/life

• Have all the necessary ‘over-the-counter’ meds necessary for home treatment of the flu already purchased.

o Hospitals and Doctor offices will be overwhelmed with more serious cases
o Stores may run out of the needed meds & supplies (just look at England & Australia for examples of that!)
o Pharmacies are generally smaller stores than grocery stores and number of employee are smaller. Those stores may have reduced hours due to employee shortage due to illness.

• Have a ‘Flu Buddy’, having another adult available to care for the children of their household, should one or both adults in a household become ill.
• Look in on the Elderly or Infirmed
o They may have the flu
o They may NOT have the flu, but are in medical trouble because hospitals in your area are overwhelmed and they could not get treatment/aid need for other conditions
o They may be afraid to go out and are in need of something else

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Post Re: Be ready for H1N1
US: Millions without sick leave fear H1N1 flu
Via the Salt Lake Tribune, an AP report: Millions without sick leave fear H1N1 flu. Excerpt:

For millions of Americans the rule is simple: If you don't come to work, you don't get paid.

That idea drives an untold numbers of carpenters, day care workers, servers, shopkeepers and small-business owners to their jobs each day. Sniffles or not.

As the H1N1 flu spreads across the nation -- and public health officials plead with the ill to, please, stay home in bed for several days until the fever goes away -- a large segment of the American work force will face a tough choice about whether to call in sick or simply muddle through.

That's because when skipping work means skipping food on the table or missing a rent payment, staying in bed isn't as simple as it sounds.

Kara Knoche, 28, is worried about getting H1N1 flu and the money she would lose by missing a week of work. The Atlanta waitress is downing Vitamin C supplements, going out of her way to eat immune system-boosting foods and avoiding friends with the sniffles or hacking coughs.

"If you don't save up, you're basically behind and you're broke. Every dollar you make after that is probably going to go to bills," she said. "That makes for a very hard month. A person has to eat."

http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2009 ... 1-flu.html

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